Shoptalk Infused With $2M VC Investment, Sets Sights on Europe
Organizers of Shoptalk said today that is received $2 million in venture capital funding to launch “Shoptalk Europe,” which will be held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen on Oct. 9 through the 11th.
Confirmed speakers of the event include: Edoardo Manitto, vice president of corporate development and innovation at Galeries Lafayette; Jonathan Alferness, vice president of product management for shopping and travel at Google VP; Michael Ward, managing director at Harrods; Julian Burnett, chief information officer at House of Fraser; Jerry Storch, chief executive officer of Hudson’s Bay Co.; Simona Scarpaleggia, ceo of IKEA Switzerland; Stephan Schambach, e-commerce pioneer and founder of Demandware and Intershop, and founder and current ceo of Newstore; Tim Kendall, president of Pinterest; and Adrian Letts, managing director of online at Tesco; among many others.
Shotalk said the investment was led by New York-based Primary Venture Partners “and included participation from San Francisco-based Commerce Ventures as well as individual partners at Bain Capital Ventures and New Enterprise Associates (NEA).”
Shoptalk said total funding raised exceeds $5 million. Ben Sun, general partner at Primary Venture Partners, said Shoptalk “has successfully reframed the conversation for the U.S. retail and e-commerce ecosystem to focus on disruptive technologies and trends as well as reset the standard for industry events. We believe a similar opportunity exists to deliver incredible value in Europe, and we’re excited to support the launch of Shoptalk Europe with our investment.”
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